University of Iowa

Do I Really Know My Narrator? Strategies for Strengthening Point of View

Weekend June 23 to June 24 2018

Point of view is the underlying pedal tone, the overarching melody, and the essential rhythm of any successful piece of writing. How do we go about creating that? How do we get our readers to believe—and believe in—the person telling our story? Do the author and the narrator have to be two separate entities? How can I make my narrator(s) more powerful, effective, and believable? And where does “voice” fit into this? With the help of published examples, we’ll examine various styles and strategies; short assignments, to be completed both in and out of class, will give you ways to get to know and to strengthen your narrators.

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